Fresno Airport to collaborate with Fresno Arts Council

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is collaborating with the Fresno Arts Council to develop and implement a Public Art Program for the new Terminal Expansion Project.

Driving the news: The program aims to create and install various artworks for the projected opening of the terminal concourse in fall 2025.


  • A “Call to Artists” has been initiated in partnership with the Fresno Arts Council to solicit proposals from artists across California.
  • The call seeks submissions for gallery artwork, murals, medallion design, and suspended sculptures that reflect the diversity of the region while creating a welcoming and calming environment.
  • The integration of a Public Art Program aligns with the city’s vision of showcasing iconic works of art and enhancing the visitor experience at the airport.
  • The Fresno Arts Council will provide expertise in developing and implementing the program. Potential areas for permanent art installations have been identified based on available space upon completion. The artwork will be purpose-created and sized for each location.
  • A review panel will evaluate the submissions, and selections will be made in early 2024 for inclusion in the project.

Headline: “Integrating a Public Art Program as part of the Terminal Expansion Project represents a progressive, modern city and will complement new terminal areas that showcase iconic works of art creating a memorable and welcoming experience for visitors to Fresno and the Central Valley,” said Director of Aviation Henry Thompson. “We value our continued partnership with the Fresno Arts Council and their expertise in helping to develop and implement a program that will be enjoyed by local travelers and visitors to the region.”

  • Lila Chavez, Executive Director of Fresno Arts Council, added, “The Central Valley is rich with talented artists. Visitors traveling to and from the air terminal expansion will be treated to a wonderful visual experience that will showcase the best of us. I appreciate the progressive thinking on the part of the City to invest in what will surely be a beautiful new space.”
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